Fulton, NY - Robby Guppy,17, was a lineman on the Pulaski High School football team.Â He was a fairly popular student who, despite a sometimes-rocky home life, was well-liked, even respected, at school.Â But what some of his classmates didn’t know until recently is that Guppy is also the father of an 18-month-old little girl.Â Well, now they know.Â Because Guppy isn’t only a teenage babydaddy, he’s a child abuser who has confessed to beating and burning his toddler daughter over a two-day period last weekend.Â
The abuse began last Friday night, July 25.Â The baby’s mother dropped the little girl off for a weekend visit with Guppy.Â Â The baby wasn’t there very long before Guppy, who has self-described “anger issues”, got mad.
According to Guppy’s confession, he got upset because the child started crying for her mother and wouldn’t go to sleep.Â So, rather than reading the little girl a story, or rocking her, he chose the Beat The Baby method of sleep inducement,Â punching her in the head with a closed fist at least five times.
“I hit her as hard as I could,” Guppy said in his statement to police. “I also shook her hard every time I got mad at her. I’m sorry. I can’t help myself. I mean, I don’t want to punch myself. That would make me madder.”Â Really, Robby Guppy?Â Because I wouldn’t have a problem with you punching yourself.
Continued Guppy, “She would not stop. She gave that cry that drives me up a wall. It is like the thing that pushes my anger button. I got mad and I spanked her on the butt but that did not work. She kept crying. I made a fist and I punch her in the head a few times. She did not stop, but, when this happened, when I hit her, I could not hear her cry. I could only hear my heart beat. I just left her in the room.”
About ten or fifteen minutes later, Guppy said, his daughter came out of the room where he’d left her.Â Then some of his buddies came over, and they all played video games until about 4:30 Saturday morning, at which time the little girl woke up when Guppy tried to move the sleeping toddler to a couch in the living room.Â At that point, Guppy says he made the child a bottle, which she wouldn’t take, and she “cried like forever.”
“I slapped her in the face with an open hand four, five or six times. I totally lost control. I hit her all over. I don’t know why,” Guppy said, admitting that he continued to hit the child with an open hand throughout the day on Saturday.Â Â But then, get this, he got all defensive with police, saying “I only punched her on Friday with a closed fist and I only hit her five times in the face.”Â Oh, well.Â If you “only” punched her a few times… idiot.
Later on Saturday, Guppy took the child with him to go play video games at a friend’s house.Â At around10:00 that evening, Guppy had yet another turn at Abusive Parent Roulette when the little girl was crying.Â Let’s see.Â We have a toddler girl, afraid of her father who beats her, in an unfamiliar house, and it’s bedtime.Â Anyone else think crying would be the appropriate response?Â Me too.Â But not our bully Guppy.
From his statement:Â “I was smoking a USA Gold cigarette…. I again lost control, I was yelling at her to shut up and stop crying….I shook her, hard, I was mad. She still would not stop crying. I did not know what to do. I got madder. I took my cigarette and pushed the lit end against her hand. I told her to stop yelling. (She) screamed, she would not stop. I then put her on her side, I put the lit cigarette behind her ear lobe. I only held it against her face for a little bit. I kept yelling at her and slapping her. I was upset she would not stop. My anger went away. I stopped hitting her and I just let her cry….On Sunday, I was kinda nice to (her),Â believe it or not.”
Well sure he was kinda nice to the baby on Sunday.Â Because that’s when his grandmother saw the baby and told him that she did not like those bruises. Â Guppy told Grandma that, well, the baby fell down the stairs.Â Grandma lectured him sternly and said that no, actually, no child got bruises like that from a fall down the stairs.Â But apparently Grandma didn’t call the police then.
And when the baby’s mother came by Sunday afternoon, Guppy gave her the “fall down the stairs” story and I guess she bought it, because she left her baby with Robby Guppy until Monday.Â Wh-wh-what?Â Is that court-ordered visitation?Â Because she knew that baby wasn’t all bruised up on Friday afternoon.Â But still, she left her there for another day.
It’s not clear who called the police, but I’m hopeful that it was the grandmother and/or the mother.Â Robby Guppy was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault. He is being held at the Oswego County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 security bond.
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